RECT presents Jesse Stuart story

September 08, 2003|JENNIFER BRUMMETT

Andrea Daniels sees a lot of aspects to like about "The Thread That Runs So True," Ragged Edge Community Theater's season opener. For starters, being a teacher herself, she appreciates what the drama has to say.

"I like the plot," Daniels says. "That no matter who you are or where you come from, you deserve the right to a better life. That education in this day and age is the way to make that life better.

"I guess, being an educator myself, I believe that we all can learn and have the right to learn."

Although it is a drama, Daniels says the play features comedic relieve throughout the story.

"The Thread That Runs So True" is the story of Jesse Stuart and the folks of Greenup County, Daniels says.

"This story takes place when Jesse was first becoming a teacher, and the (challenges) he had to overcome to make the people of Lonesome Valley understand the importance of education," she explains. "He would not give up the fight, no matter how hard times became for him."


Many audience members likely will appreciate the values the play, which features a cast of 26, emphasizes, Daniels notes.

"I recommend this show to anyone who values the idea of hard work, dedication and good family values," she says. "This is a show that anyone could come and see and walk away inspired to help someone else or be a better person."

Daniels adds that another appealing aspect of the "The Thread That Runs So True" is it is written by Stuart, a Kentucky native.

Although it has a lot to recommend it, "Thread" has aspects that have been tough to direct, Daniels says.

"Teaching an Eastern Kentucky dialect and having the actors truly buy into this being about events that actually took place has been the biggest challenge," she explains. "But we are getting there."

If you want to go

$10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for children

Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sept. 19-20 and 3 p.m. on Sept. 21

For tickets call (859) 734-2389 or send an email to

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